Den-building, archery, outdoor cooking, filmmaking, sport, art, and science are among a boredom-busting programme of activities this half-term, thanks to Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils and partners.
The varied programme of activities aim to help families through the holidays, as part of the councils’ commitment to supporting residents’ health and wellbeing.
Explore Outdoor are once again offering outdoor cooking masterclasses to families during the school break in several locations across the districts.
Families are given the opportunity to learn how to cook a hearty and nutritious meal in the outdoors. In addition, they receive a free box of ingredients and recipe cards so they can prepare healthy, tasty food at home – supporting the councils’ ongoing ambition to combat holiday hunger.
Explore Outdoor will also be providing a range of outdoor activities, including archery, shelter building, firelighting and many other outdoor pursuits.
Additionally, there will be sessions for football, arts and crafts, dodgeball, fun science experiments and filmmaking workshops at locations across the districts including Brantham, Claydon, Hadleigh, Stowmarket and Sudbury.
Although free places are allocated on a needs basis – with local schools identifying families in receipt of free school meals or eligible for other reasons – children not meeting this criteria are also welcome to participate in many of the events for a small cost.
Babergh’s cabinet member for communities Mary McLaren, said: “I am so pleased we are once again working with key partners to offer a range of activities to keep children entertained over the holidays, I know how challenging it can be. These activities will encourage communities to keep fit and active, and most importantly to ensure that no child is hungry or lonely over half term, whatever their family’s finances.”
Mid Suffolk’s cabinet member for communities, Julie Flatman, added: “Providing these activities in collaboration with our partners helps to ease the pressure on families, we know that for some people this is a lifeline during the school holidays. It’s important for everyone’s wellbeing that they are able to be active, eat healthily and take part in fun activities, and we’re pleased to be able to offer this support to families over half-term.”